130 US Jewish groups, outraged by Floyd killing, pledge to fight systemic racism
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130 US Jewish groups, outraged by Floyd killing, pledge to fight systemic racism

Letter organized by Jewish Council for Public Affairs declares ‘solidarity’ with black community and calls for ‘sweeping reforms’ to law enforcement and criminal justice system

Illustrative: Overhead view of an anti-police brutality Black Lives Matter protest rally on Third Avenue on June 2, 2020, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Illustrative: Overhead view of an anti-police brutality Black Lives Matter protest rally on Third Avenue on June 2, 2020, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

JTA — Dozens of American Jewish groups have pledged to work to end systemic racism in the aftermath of the George Floyd killing in Minneapolis.

In a joint statement Tuesday, 130 organizations said they were “outraged” by the killing of Floyd, a black man who died in police custody last week. His death and those of other African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement have led to protests around the world.

“We stand in solidarity with the black community that has for far too long been targeted by police and have suffered rampant racism and unfair and uneven applications of the law,” the statement reads.

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the umbrella body that sets consensus on issues for American Jewish public policy, organized the letter. Signers include the Anti-Defamation League, National Council of Jewish Women, national organizations of the Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist movements, and groups representing Jewish communities nationwide.

The letter urges government and law enforcement to investigate the officers involved and “to institute sweeping reforms in law enforcement and the criminal justice system.”

“We pledge to join forces with the black community and other Americans to see through these changes to law enforcement, end systemic racism, and work for a more just American society,” it says.

Jewish groups across the denominational spectrum have condemned Floyd’s death.

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